30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Ghenna on 07-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
437
Ratings:
820
pDev:
9.86%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
219
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 820 |  Reviews: 437
Photo of Blackop555
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown. Thick, medium, tan had that Fades slowly.

Smells roasted malts, caramel, dark fruit and light bitter chocolate.

Tastes roasty, raisin, Plum, caramel, brown sugar, Light Citrus and light chocolate. Finishes dry with a roast and light Char linger. Medium body and smooth lower carbonation.

Would have rated higher this tastes really good but more like an black IPA

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Photo of Quafftastic
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SadMachine
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhilHarmstead
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dodt
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of baklo
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wmartin
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed once in 2010? Correct.
Retired listing? Yep.
Bought this at the brewery a year ago and just drank it? That's right!

Why were they selling a 6 year old beer at the brewery? As this was a beer they thought would age well in the bottle, they kept some back and sold some of the fridge-aged version a year ago, thinking it was probably peaking. No doubt they sampled it along the way every few months. It kept getting better as the hops mellowed allowing the maltiness to become more forward, while retaining a strong, bitter after taste. I had some a year ago. Really remarkable. So smooth, so delicious. Its 10% ABV, but the alcohol is pretty far back. Dark sweetness and fruity flavors that are amazing. They probably thought that after 6 years it must be peaking. They were wrong, an additional year of closet storage has improved it still, and that would probably be 2 to 3 years of fridge storage. Certainly one of the best liquids to ever pass my lips!

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Photo of csfcmitchell
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of szmnnl99
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer. Sierra Nevada does this type of beer right. Great roastiness/malt flavor with a solid amount of hops to offset it. If you see it, pick it up. It's exactly as promised- a wolrdclass Barleywine with some slight roastiness to it.

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Photo of generallee
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Whatup14
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a heady mixture of dark brown and black. Aroma was a combination of both heavy roasted barley and C hops.

Taste has big everything. Almost. Big bittering hops. Plenty of bitter malts. Plenty of booziness. A lesser degree of sweetness. Pretty dry for something so dark.

Interesting beer, mashup of styles, like a black ipa, but a black barleywine. Would bang again.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer21
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of virinow
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RochefortChris
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very deep burgundy color that makes the beer look almost brown. Head is very creamy, thick, and consistent.

S - Chocolate cream and dark fruit: figs, raisins. The bottle is six years old and the aroma, though very good, shows some signs of that.

T - The ABV makes itself known right away and sticks around from start to finish. Chocolate, raisins, figs, roasted toffee, and some dry oak woodiness. Finishes with a slightly bitter presence from the chocolate malt that's overpowering and balances things ot.

M - Full bodied, slippery, velvety, light syrup stickiness.

O - This aged very gracefully, totally enjoyed this bottle.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zizouandyuki
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 820 ratings